“The regulatory elephant in the room”
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on the 25 of May 2018. Before then you will need to make sure you have made any relevant changes within your business to ensure compliance. As Enterprise Nation state in their blog post, ‘no business, big or small, can afford to ignore it.’
The blog article also gives six fundamentals for achieving GDPR success. Take a read of the article to help you start getting to grips with what may be required. The Enterprise Team will also hopefully be running a workshop on the topic early next term.
Where they are now…
Stephen Moore graduated from an MA in Human Resources and Consulting in 2013. Since then, Stephen has started Transform2Succeed; working as a professional coach, Stephen helps client’s to realise and achieve their true potential.
Stephen is now an accredited mBIT (Multiple Brain Integrating Techniques) Master Coach, running regular courses. mBIT is an neuro-science based approach to coaching which acknowledges the existence of three brains – the head, the heart and the gut.
You can read more about Stephen’s Startup Story here.
Five reasons to start a business this year
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation shares five reasons why you should consider starting a business this year. Reasons include:
- You can start without quitting the day job (or study!)
- Gaps in the market remain
- Technology has opened up a world of opportunity
- There is plenty of support available
- Freedom and flexibility is yours
To read more about each of these reasons – read the full article on Enterprise Nation’s Blog.
Event packed with inspiration and advice
Looking for inspiration and advice on how to start a business, be your own boss or just want to improve your entrepreneurial skills and meet like-minded individuals?
This one day event, hosted by Enterprise Nation involves a packed programme across 10 stages with over 100 expert speakers and inspiring entrepreneurs, exploring a range of interesting topics.
When? Saturday 13th January
Where? Queen Mary University, London
You can find more details on the event along with a full programme and how to purchase tickets on their Eventbrite page.
A shift from paper-rounds to teens ‘building empires from their bedrooms’?
Generation Z (those born in the mid 1990s to early 2000s) are finding new ways to make substantial amounts of money from the comfort of their very own bedrooms. Reselling hyped merchandise from the likes of Supreme online, through platforms such as Depop and Ebay is making some teens up to several thousand pounds a month.
A number of entrepreneurial teens are using social media to gauge the popularity of limited edition products, to then purchase and resell them online.
The article on The Guardian’s website talks about this new trend and speaks to a few of the entrepreneurial teens making money from it.
If you’ve engaged in Enterprise & Innovation support through us previously, you are probably wondering what’s happened to the Wednesday IdeasLab and Thursday StartupLab sessions.
We found that so many people were bringing new ideas, having just a couple of fixed-time drop-in sessions per week wasn’t giving everyone enough time and space to get the attention they needed
So, this year we’re opening up more slots and letting you call the shots on when they should happen. We’re still calling them Labs, but there are now lots of different Lab types to choose from.
How does it work?
The idea is simple – we’ll help you put together a personalised development programme and you work through it at your own pace. Whenever you’re ready to work on something new, you book a Lab session and we’ll supply the space, the know-how, the resources, and, where appropriate, bring in like-minded collaborators.
To make this work though, there are a couple of other things that have changed.
- Firstly, before you start ‘dropping in’, we’ll ask you to register or re-register by completing a short Registration Form so we can get you into the system.
- Secondly, we’ll book you in for a 1-2-1 chat (called an IntroLab) so we can find out more about you, what you are trying to achieve and what you are looking for right now.
- Thirdly, we’ll get you underway so you can start putting together your bespoke development programme from our new menu of different Lab types. Regardless of what you are working on or where you are up to, there’ll be something for you.
To get started right away, please complete the Registration Form.
To find out more about Labs, please visit this page.
Thinking about becoming a creative freelancer?
UCLan Student Enterprise & Incubation invites Lancaster University students to join an interactive session aimed to help you map out how to earn a living from your creativity. The session will look at using the Business Model Canvas in lots of useful and fun ways, helping you to identify how to create, deliver and capture the value of your enterprise.
When? Thursday the 25th May, 9:30am-12:30pm
Where? 4th Floor Media Factory, Preston
If you are interested in attending the workshop please email The Lancaster University Enterprise Team and we can book you a place.
Opportunity for freelance artists
Attend a free day packed with workshops, creative discussion and networking for artists in and around the Lancaster Area.
All emerging, aspiring and established artists are welcome to join the BASE network where you’ll get the chance to meet artists from a diverse range of mediums and experience levels; from illustrators to directors, dancers to make up artists,actors to choreographers.
Where? Ludus Dance, Assembly Rooms, Lancaster
When? 10am-3pm, Friday 17th February.
Places are limited click here to book your place and find out more about the event.
Questions about your tax return?
Join one of HMRC’s live Self Assessment Help and Support sessions. Although nothing confidential can be discussed, the sessions will try to help in answering general questions such as those related to business expenses.
There are sessions running on the following dates:
Just click on the date to register for that particular session. There will be an on-screen textbox which can be used to ask questions during the sessions.
It is also worth taking a look at some of the free e-learning resources offered by HMRC including their: Tax Guide for the self-employed and Self-employed business expenses.